ARC Book Review – The Walls Around Us

Posted March 24, 2015 by Kathy in 2.0 Stars, Book Review / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review – The Walls Around UsThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on March 24, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

My Review

The Walls Around Us is a dark and disturbing tale. But instead of feeling creeped out I walked away confused. What was with that ending?!!


The Walls Around Us is a suspense story told in two voices – Amber and Violet.  Amber is locked away in a juvenile detention center. Violet is an 18-year-old ballerina about to live her dreams in New York. Connecting these girls is Orianna, Violet’s former best friend  convicted of murder and sent to the juvenile detention center. We hear Amber and Violet’s story and through them Orianna’s. In the first part of the book it was a good setup to understand the girls but at a point the story started to drag for me.  The build up to the reveal of the mystery was slow and I wished the author would have given some tidbits of information in the beginning to add some excitement to the story. Even though I was bored I was still curious to see how this ends. But when the truth was revealed it was predictable and a twist in the story was confusing. There was no epilogue so I’m left with so many questions that will probably never get answered. This had so much potential of being a great story but it turned out to be a disappointment.


The Walls Around Us has been getting mixed reviews but this book wasn’t meant for me.




Rating Report
Overall: two-stars

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4 responses to “ARC Book Review – The Walls Around Us

  1. Alicia

    I really wanted to read this book but I have seen some negative reviews. Too bad you didn’t enjoy this.

  2. Sabrina

    Thanks for the review. I’m interested in reading Nova Ren Suma, but maybe I’ll give Imaginary Girls a try first.

    • Kathy

      Thanks Sabrina! I’ve heard good things about Imaginary Girls but this book just wasn’t right for me. But you might like it =)